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#MEET THE TEAM

Our team

The MENTA team understand business. They have first-hand experience of running successful businesses of their own, they talk the language of business and understand every business benefits from a friendly ear and some expert advice. At MENTA our team are here to help you and your business. We offer advice, coaching, online and face-to-face business training as well as events across Norfolk and Suffolk. The MENTA team are supported by non-executive board members.  

Alex Till

Chief Executive
As MENTA’s CEO, Alex has a passion for business. He is inspired by meeting entrepreneurial and creative people, and is driven to build on Suffolk and Norfolk's success and national recognition as a thriving area to live and work. Alex has a love of vintage design and cars.

Sarah Faers

Head of Finance
Sarah thrives on the day-to-day management of MENTA’s financial operations, ensuring the team are best prepared to perform their duties across all operations of the business.

Penny Rush

Executive Assistant to Alex Till  

An experienced Executive Assistant Penny supports Alex across all aspects of the business including HR and Board administration.  Her background in start-up and venture capital is an ongoing passion for her with MENTA.

Mary Spurling

Business Centre Coordinator
Mary fulfils an integral role in the day-to-day running of MENTA Bury St Edmunds. She is responsible for ensuring all business centre operations run as smoothly as possible for colleagues, partners and clients.

Yvonne Martin

Business Centre Co-ordinator
Yvonne has a wealth of customer service experience. You will find her at our Bury St Edmunds business centre, where she brings passion for the delivery of excellent customer service, and is always welcoming and ready to help.

Paul Vella

Head of Property
Paul is based at our Haverhill business centre and is passionate about the future of business in the town. He is eager to play a part in ensuring the success stories of local businesses, providing advice that is practical and forward thinking. Paul is host of our networking events in Haverhill.

John Neild

Head of Enterprise and Programmes
A former Head of Learning Curriculum for RBS, John now leads our enterprise and business start-up team. He is a key contact in business relationships across Norfolk and Suffolk, and is energised by supporting the region’s entrepreneurial community.  

Sue Hall

Business Adviser

Sue brings a wealth of business experience, working with clients to help their business ambitions become a reality. Working on the Work Well Suffolk project, she helps clients back into work.

Monica Bell

Business Adviser
Monica delivers support services to clients of our refugee entrepreneurship project.  Working across the East of England with one-to-one advice and business support.

Pauline Prockter

Business Adviser
As a mentor, coach and business adviser, Pauline has helped high-performing businesses grow and achieve their ambitions with clarity and realism. She has worked across a variety of sectors in Government-funded initiatives.

Emma Harrison

ERDF Administrator
With an administrative, co-ordination and project support background, Emma provides assistance for the ERDF Project and other activities within the organisation to support MENTA colleagues and clients.

Maggie Kinnear-King

Programme Co-ordinator
Maggie provides administrative support for various MENTA projects and business activities. She particularly enjoys assisting colleagues with research, as well as helping clients as they start and develop their businesses.

Rachael Lawrance

Programme Co-ordinator
For Rachael, her role is about the finer details, providing high-level administrative and project support to her colleagues across the county as well as overseeing MENTA’s supplier contracts.

John Clarke

Business Trainer
John is a professional, highly-experienced trainer, with 25 years’ experience in commercial banking. His relaxed presentation style proves popular with delegates who regularly comment on his wide-ranging knowledge.

Shaun Lowthorpe

Business Trainer
A former journalist and business editor with regional media group Archant Business, Shaun has a longstanding interest in supporting local businesses and is passionate about helping people turn their dreams into reality.

Peter Wood

Business Trainer
With more than thirty years experience in Financial Services, including giving Mortgage Advice, leadership and talent development and supporting businesses with card and on-line payments, Pete has a passion for helping people to achieve their goals through training and coaching to help them start, run and grow their businesses successfully.

Tim Cooke

Learning Development Manager – Programmes

Tim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in business management, leadership, sales and service gained from many leadership roles across a variety of business areas in the last 37 years plus. Tim is developing and delivering current and topical learning programmes to help you lead and run your business more effectively and make the difference to you, your business, your employees and your customers.

Phil Pethybridge

MENTA Business Show Producer
With masses of events experience across Europe and the UK, Phil is able to build effective relationships with sponsors, exhibitors, visitors and speakers to ensure the MENTA business show is a fantastic experience for all attending.

Work with us

Any advertised vacancies are located in the About tab on the website but we still remain keen to hear from freelancers and those looking to support our work helping SMEs across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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